Here is the bottom line---If you are making excuses for Cam Newton--justified and legitimate or not---then you actually do not know if he can be a stud QB or not. He flashes and everyone praises Cam, but when he screws up, everyone blames the line or the OC or the coach or the WRs.....Nobody knows how good he can be--nobody.
Cam has a bad offensive line, so we should not expect him to win. So does Peyton Manning. He gets rid of the ball in about 2.5 seconds. He lost his left tackle and he is behind a third string center. They are 5-0 and averaging 40 points a game. What is it that he has physically that Cam lacks? nothing. Cam has the stronger arm, the physique, and the athleticism. Peyton is past his prime. Cam is entering his. Better WRs? Manning made no-name players like Garcon, Collie, etc. better. Nobody griped about his WRs in Indy and his line sucked there. Now he has a bunch of WRs who were nobodies in Denver and he is making them superstars,
Here is the difference. Manning is smarter. He anticipates when the route will come open and he gets rid of the ball. Cam holds it too long. He knows where his offense is supposed to be, but does not watch enough film or have the acumen Manning has to know how the defense will react. So he waits for them to break open. He locks on to Smith and Olsen and misses open WRs all the time. Manning rarely misses the open man. Manning is not smarter by accident; he has a real rapport with his WRs and he studies film religiously. He would tell you that he is a football player, not an "icon and entertainer." Manning is not chummy with his teammates-just like Cam has been, but they respect him because he makes them better. Who does Cam make better? Right now, he is fool's gold. He is going to tease you with his upside and incredible athleticism, but things have come easy for him due to his athleticism.
People have a right to question the QB after the offense has averaged about 12 points a game if you exclude the Giants. joke. They have a right to wonder if the guy sitting by himself, working out by himself, and sulking at press conferences is the team's leader or not. They have a right to question why he is not making everyone else better and why we are 1-3 for the third year in a row. I am not going to apologize for using practical, common sense enough to call a duck, a duck. Like every other player on the team, he will earn his praise. I admire his potential and the flashes. I am not, however, going to sing his praises
Now some will say, "Sure, when you compare him to Manning" as if that is an argument. Manning is the standard. Want to feel better? Compare him to Brady, Brees, Big Ben, even Flacco. Heck, the Bears' line has been terrible and they have had only 1 good WR for years--they were 10-6 last year. Does Cutler run a 4.6? The Seahawks have no great WRs and their line is bad. Russell is not a better QB than Cam, but he is a better leader.
Cam needs to win with what he has. When the defense is holding the opponents to 13 points a game and you are losing, the QB should be questioned.